Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga

Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga (SUP Yoga)

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) first emerged in the beaches of Hawaii in the 1960s and began to make inroads on the mainland about 10 years ago. Aside from the coasts, it is particularly popular on urban waterways, where it provides a unique vantage point from which to interact with city life while skimming past it. Standing erect at the water’s surface level gives you the feeling, and appearance, of walking on water. It’s also a great way to get fit, as you work the legs and core to stay up on the board and the arms and back to propel yourself. The board is broad and stable enough that that someone got the bright idea of treating it like a floating yoga mat, and SUP yoga was born.(From About.com)

What is Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Class? In a Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga class, the teacher will lead students through a series of yoga postures on the paddle board, each posture with modifications for the student’s level of experience.  On paddleboards, students can feel how the alignment and actions of the yoga poses create balance, as when we are not balanced, the board will wobble, and you may even tip over, and enjoy a dip in the ocean.

What a typical class looks like:  Instructors will give a lesson on the beach on how to paddle.  Instructors and students will then take their boards out onto a sheltered bay to practice paddling. After learning how to paddle, the teacher will guide the participants in a safe, sequenced series of yoga postures.

Requirements of participants: It is strongly recommended that all participants are able to swim. All participants must wear a personal floatation device if they are not able to swim.  All participants must have a floatation device on the paddle board.  All participants must wear a board leash.  All participants must be of physical fitness levels such that they can carry a paddle board, they can pull themselves onto the paddle board from the water, and the are able to have sufficient flexibility in their knees to be able to paddle from a kneeling or seated position.

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